The signs of iron-deficiency anemia can often be subtle and vague, but it’s the most common form of anemia. In fact, 237,000 visits to the emergency room result in a primary diagnosis of the condition, according to a report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Iron is an essential mineral so if you lack it, your body can’t make enough healthy red blood cells. Those red blood cells carry hemoglobin, an iron-rich protein that delivers oxygen from your lungs to the rest of your body’s tissues.
It’s a good idea to know the symptoms of iron-deficiency anemia especially since they can often take time to develop. Here are 14.
Fatigue is usually the first sign of anemia, but it’s not just that sluggish feeling you get from burning the midnight oil or stress.
“It’s a different kind of fatigue—people will complain about being ‘bone tired,’ ” said Dr. Dana Cohen, an integrative physician with a private practice in New York City.
So if you’re exhausted 24/7, can’t seem to make it past dinner and it’s affecting your quality of life, see your doctor.